Horsham have been relegated from the Ryman League after a 2-0 defeat away at Faversham Town this afternoon.
The Hornets cannot now finish outside of the South Division relegation places despite having two games left to play.
Second place Faversham overcame Dominic Di Paola’s new side with a goal in each half from Dean Grant and Matt Bourne.
Had Horsham won there would have been all to play for in their final two games as Hastings lost 3-2 at South Park and East Grinstead drew 1-1 with Walton & Hersham - albeit the fellow West Sussex side had a superior goal difference.
Di Paola took on the job earlier this week after the club sacked Anthony Storey and Cliff Cant, who took over at the helm at the start of the year.
It has been a dismal season for the Hornets, who started the campaign under club stalwart Gary Charman, also having their new ground proposals at Hop Oast turned down by Horsham District Council.
Horsham are currently bottom of the table with just 10 wins from 44 games, they must now try to avoid finishing in last place by picking up results against Ramsgate and Tooting & Mitcham and hope they get a reprieve from dropping down into the County League.